Common Stressor Single Parent Family Essay

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As a little girl I remember being raised in a household with my father, mother and two younger brothers. I noticed a drastic change in the dynamic of my family when my father passed away when I was about 12 years old. My mother then had to raise my brothers and me as a single parent. After my father had passed away I found there had been many problems that began to arise in my family. My brothers started misbehaving in school and there grades began to decline. My relationship between my brothers, mother and I also became a little strained. Taking the Advance Marriage and Family course helped me to think about common stressor single parents families have to deal with. As a future counselor it is very important to become educated on what issues single parent families have to encounter.
When doing this assignment I asked myself what is the definition of a Single Parent Family. Kid’s count Data Center defined Single Parent Family as "Children under age 18 that live with their own single parent either in a family or sub-family.” In this definition, single-parent families do not include children living with married stepparents. This definition also does not include children living in institutions, dormitories and group homes (Vespa & Lewis , 2013).
When thinking about counseling single parent families I wanted to know what the demographics of these families are. I wanted to know whether or not the statics compared to two parent families versus single parent families were.…

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